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The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is now a year old — it began as a community of like-minded procurement people from industry, academia and third sector who are committed to embedding sustainability into their procurement practices — and its ranks are growing. More than 2000 procurement professionals have now made the pledge and signed up to become a Sustainable Procurement Pledge Ambassador.

The aim of the SPP is for sustainable procurement practices to be used across all supply chains by 2030, a tall order but one which the founders believe is possible given the right cadence, strength in numbers and a common mindset.

The community grew from the passion and sense of shared responsibility of two people: Bertrand Conquéret, President of Henkel’s Global Supply Chain B.V. and Global Chief Procurement Officer of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, and Thomas Udesen, Chief Procurement Officer at Bayer. They believe that everyone in business has a role in, and responsibility for, sustainability, as the SPP organization says: “We all contribute and have a critical role in ensuring responsible supply chains. We are concerned and care deeply about the future of our planet and its people. We believe in the necessity of leapfrogging the current efforts and in the power of the crowd to foster change. Because of the impact of Procurement decisions on a future sustainable planet, we pledge and commit ourselves to making sustainability the central mindset of our daily decision making.” Given that together we are making trillions of decisions and spending trillions of dollars, we have a duty to do it responsibly. “Procurement is more than a job,” they say.

Read more here and an interview with one of the Ambassadors.

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